A Tale Worth Telling (I'm A Great Little Kid Series)


David is a new student at school. Niron and Vesna are trying to help David and be a friend, but he doesn't want the attention. When Niron and David are alone, David reluctantly tells him about a mean soccer coach. Niron helps him find an adult who will listen.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Kids will connect with the characters in this story and understand the importance of being persistent in telling an adult about bullies.

Content Awareness Factors:

In sharing this book with children, you need to be prepared to talk about secrets, bullying, and abuse. The bully is both verbally and physically abusive, so you will need to be prepared to discuss these things.

Little Kid Reaction

My daughter was immediately drawn in by the pictures, particularly David's expressions. We were surprised by how easily she read the book. She read it before we did, and had already picked out her "favorite part."

Parent Reaction

This is a valuable story with an important message for kids. As an adult, you begin to feel the tension and wonder where it's going, particularly when David tells Niron not to talk about his sore arm. I expected the bully to be a parent and the subject to be child abuse, but this was a non-family member. It may be a minor point, but I liked the idea that you can talk to anyone who works at school (in this case the janitor). This is a book you will want to read before you share it with your child.

Type of Book:
This is a picture book about bullying and the importance of finding an adult to talk to.
Educational Themes:

This book effectively presents the elements of bullying, the signals that someone is a victim, and the right way for a child (and adult) to solve the problem.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read by a 7-year-old girl
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow. This book presents a lesson we must (unfortunately) help our children understand. Rhyme makes it accessible to young children without being scary.

Title A Tale Worth Telling

I'm A Great Little Kid Series

Author Linda Sky Grossman
Publisher Second Story Press © 2002
Illustrators Petra Bockus
ISBN 9781896764603
Material Hard Cover
Cost $5.95
Genres Life Lessons
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